Safety Culture 2017

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Marriott Austin Downtown Convention Center (Courtyard Marriott & Residence Inn Marriott)

300 East 4th Street

Austin, TX 78701

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Safety Culture 2017: Buy-In, Behavior, and Other Keys to Making Safety Stick

CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: Safety Culture 2017 will show employers how to enhance performance and strengthen safety compliance through culture, using tactical strategies implemented at real VPP sites and other successful workplaces.

You’ll get practical, proven strategies for:

  • Aligning management and supervisors under one shared vision of safety and health objectives

  • Getting safety program buy-in from far-flung teams, freelancers and other workers

  • Implementing processes that create accountability for compliance, so safety becomes everyone’s responsibility

  • Evaluating and fine-tuning incentives & disciplinary systems to ensure maximum effectiveness

  • Restructuring your safety committee model to allow it to function at peak performance

  • Optimizing reporting, hazard tracking and other measurement metrics

  • Building essential leadership skills so you create a pipeline of safety advocates

What to expect at Safety Culture 2017:

  • Safety Culture's intimate forum will encourage deep networking with your peers and expert presenters and idea-sharing around safety culture improvement

  • The agenda features lively presentations and interactive workshops that will keep you engaged as you learn how best to engage your workers

  • You will leave with a powerful action plan to improve culture at your organization based on case study examples and proven tactics

  • The program is preapproved for critical recertification points that you can apply toward professional development

Event Details:

  • 1.5 day live event

  • Day One - 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Registration/Breakfast

    8:00 – 5:00 p.m. Conference Sessions

  • Day Two – 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast

    8:00 – 12:00 p.m. – Conference sessions

  • Pricing:

    $595 Early Bird Price: Ends June 30!
    $695 Regular Price
    $278 Materials Only

2017 Agenda

Day 1 | September 11, 2017

Registration & Breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks
8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Say Yes to Safety
Presented by: Graham Neil and Donovan Workun, Power of Yes
8:05 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
Are you looking for fresh, fun, and innovative ideas on how to get the workforce to say “yes” to safety? Of course, who isn’t! Safety Culture 2017 kicks off with Say Yes to Safety, which will illustrate the power of improv for helping to prevent injury, promote co-operation, and inspire positive working environments. Donovan Workun, three-time world improvising champion, and Graham Neil, internationally award-winning television reporter, will teach you how to use improv skills to create and maintain a safe work environment and build positive mutual relationships that work—a key element in modern approaches towards workplace safety. This hands-on, exercise-based session will teach you 3 cornerstones of staying safe—to look, listen, and react. Plus, you’ll learn how to:

  • Think on your feet

  • Become more aware of your surroundings

  • Better concentrate on tasks—including how to keep repetitive jobs interesting

  • Support each other and work cooperatively so everyone can be truly safe

  • Build your organization’s “Culture of Yes!” from the ground up

Practical Steps for Getting Buy-In: Creating an Activities Infrastructure to Influence Safety Culture Success
Presented by: Eric Svendsen, Ph.D., CEO, safetyBUILT-IN
9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Managers and line supervisors play an integral role in safety culture success. The critical question for safety leaders to ask is how members of your workforce should change their behavior to strengthen a safety culture. This workshop will provide you with practical tools to ensure that your safety culture goals are carried through every level of your organization, by introducing you to “safety culture activity menus.” These defined sets of specific safety culture activities, which are broken down by employees’ respective levels within the organization, include activity menu “options” that are tied to annual performance reviews. Use these menus to:

  • Inspire employees, supervisors and managers to lead and promote a strong safety culture

  • Give them direction for leading safety that will demonstrate their commitment to your underlying cultural mission and goals

Networking and Refreshments Break
10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Safety Orientation and Onboarding: 3 Steps for Instilling Cultural Conformity from the Get-Go and Reinforcing Expectations Along the Way
Presented by: Josh LeBrun, eCompliance
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Sometimes “conformity” can have a negative connotation. But, when it comes to creating a safety culture that sticks, conformity is critical. Organizations with the strongest safety cultures all have one thing in common: During orientation, new employees are indoctrinated into a shared belief system that upholds safety as a core value and educated on the far-reaching impact of poor workplace safety practices. A successful safety culture is not achieved by simply offering employees personal protective equipment and enforcing policies and procedures – it’s a top-down ideological shift that puts safety first—and above all other priorities. This session will reveal 3 ways safety leaders can ensure employees are invested in and conforming to their safety culture from day one. Plus, you’ll get insights into how to spice up your onboarding and safety training program to ensure ongoing success.

The Rules of Engagement: Fresh Ideas for Motivating Employees to Embrace Safety in Your Workplace
Presented by: Dustin Hickey, CSP, ASP, Cajun Constructors, LLC and Norm Baillie-David, MBA, CMRP, TalentMap
11:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
High levels of employee engagement can give your company a competitive advantage. It can boost customer satisfaction, and yes, it can translate into better safety practices and reduced injury rates. What are the best ways to motivate your workforce to embrace the notion that safety is part of their mission to do a good job for your company? During this workshop, you’ll receive actionable and innovative instruction on:

  • Why disengagement happens and steps for re-energizing disengaged workers

  • Proven strategies for engaging employees—and how those can have a positive impact on increasing safety reporting while maintaining productivity and boosting morale

  • Ways to get employees to “own” safety as part of their duties

  • How to use regular safety meetings as a method of engagement

  • And much more

12:35 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

Safety Culture Straight Talk: Strategic Communication Tools for Getting Your Messaging to Stick
Presented by: Tim Page-Bottorff, CSP, SafeStart, a division of Electrolab Limited
1:35 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.
For your core safety message to stick, you need a “360” approach to analyzing whether company leaders directives support or hinder your underlying statement on safety, getting leaders to buy-in to reframing their position if necessary, and then tailoring—and adjusting if necessary—the message for the C-suite, managers, and the entire workforce. Then, comes execution, and it’s important to have a thorough, strategically minded approach to disseminating the information you want to convey about safety culture to every target audience. This session will provide tips on how to involve company leaders in developing core safety messages and values and the communication tools and modes of delivery for success. You’ll learn:

  • Signs that company executives’ messages aren’t aligned with your efforts to build and grow a strong safety culture

  • Tailoring your safety messages for the intended audiences

  • The importance of storytelling—and how to master the art

  • How to tell if you’ve appropriately “humanized” your message

  • How much is too much information—and how to achieve the right balance of communication

  • Tips for creating snappy, easy-to-recall safety messages

  • How to demonstrate a common interest to spark everyone’s connection to the training topic

  • Methods of communication delivery that take into account how employees generally communicate and want to receive information

  • When and how to add humor for powerful effect

Networking and Refreshments Break
2:35 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Supercharging Your Safety Committee: How to Develop Powerful Advocates of Safety and Compliance Initiatives
Presented by: Cassandra Dillon, MS, Compliance Solutions: SHERM
2:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Safety committees, when “done right,” can help organizations zero in on and eliminate workplace hazards. They also can be an effective means of communicating safety practices and expectations to the workforce. This, in turn, may help decrease injury rates, but why do many safety committees fail? And, what makes others flourish? This session will provide insights into the challenges many safety committees face—hurdles that can prove devastating to the underlying mission of improving the safety culture—and tried-and-true strategies for overcoming similar obstacles to grow your safety committee into a safety culture powerhouse.

Temporary Work, Not Temporary Safety Culture: How Host Employers Can Overcome the Challenges of Integrating and Engaging Contractors and Freelancers
Presented by: Corey Berghoefer, Randstad North America, and Michael Summers, Randstad U.S.
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
What works and what doesn’t when trying to assimilate temporary workers into your organization’s safety culture? How can host employers and staffing agencies work together effectively to protect temporary workers—and what are some red flags to look out for when choosing a staffing agency to supply workers to your site? Hear from safety managers who have learned first-hand what strategies, policies, and practices flopped and which ones eventually flourished. They’ll discuss reducing and preventing temporary workers’ exposure to risks and health and safety hazards and how host employers and staffing agencies can maintain a safe work environment.

You’ll learn:

  • Onboarding best practices for working with a staffing provider

  • The information your staffing partner should provide when it comes to safety

  • How to keep temporary employee engaged in the corporate culture

  • How to set the tone with temporary employees to position them for success

  • Challenges to overcome when integrating temporary employees into your workforce

Day 1 Adjourns
5:00 p.m.

Day 2 | September 12, 2017

The 5 Trust Commandments: How to Increase Walk-Through Presence as a Trusted Safety Partner, Not a ’Safety Snitch’
Presented by: Lea Brovedani
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Are you a safety snitch or a trusted safety leader? This insightful session will examine fundamental differences between those whose actions are perceived as “safety snitches” and those who are trusted “safety leaders.” By the end, you’ll have a clearer picture of what it means to be a trusted coach and mentor in your employees’ eyes and not a safety snitch.

Team-Based Accountability’s Connection to Leading Indicators: Using Effective Metrics to Drive Employee Participation and Accident Prevention
Presented by: Adam Levesque, MBA, CSP, The MEMIC Group
9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Tracking performance is critical to continual improvement and success but, in the area of safety, many organizations have struggled to identify measurements that have a strong correlation to successful safety performance. Are you making the mistake of relying exclusively on lagging indicators, such as incident rates, lost or restricted workdays, or workers’ compensation costs? Although these can be useful and valuable indicators, companies that succeed at having a strong safety culture also incorporate leading indicators—which identify, track, measure, and correct the factors that have a strong correlation with potential accidents—into the overall safety metrics strategy. You’ll learn how to:

  • Select leading metrics that drive high performance safety management success for your company or at specific facilities

  • Distinguish key performance indicators (KPIs) and key results indicators (KRIs) as they pertain to safety performance

  • Use measures to motivate, drive performance, and foster continuous improvement

  • Effectively—and successfully—communicate EHS performance factors to everyone—from the C-suite down—to increase buy-in and overall accountability

Networking and Refreshments Break
10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Closing Keynote: How to Deliver a Safety Culture that Isn’t Stalled by Empty Promises
Presented by: Rod Stanley, The MEMIC Group
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
You want to have a strong safety culture, but hope is not a sustainable strategy. Developing and maintaining a strong safety culture comes from the development of consistent practices that take shape based, in part, on feedback from workforce “constituents”—aka your employees. Safety culture surveys are a great way for management to evaluate the current state of safe work practices, identify areas of improvement and excellence, and more. It’s important to give employees a voice, so they can express their attitudes toward safety within your organization, and even more important to take the knowledge gleaned from what they’ve shared and act on it. How to Deliver a Safety Culture that Isn’t Stalled by Empty Promiseswill walk you through how to get the most out of what the workforce is telling you through responses to safety culture surveys and how you can turn what you learn into actionable ways to move your safety culture strategy forward, so you're never making empty promises.

Conference Closes
11:30 a.m.

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